Tag Archives: alarm clocks

The Sniffer, Dec. 2nd, 2011: Trends in Medical Monitors and Crowd Control

In this trendwatching podcast, Nora Young wonders who owns the data your devices generate? She started thinking about it because of a story about a man with a defibrillator implant who is trying to get access to the data it generates, in order to better understand what triggers his heart condition (via Technology Review). As more of us have implants or other devices that generate data about how we’re using them, is this the shape of things to come?

Looking for a gentle alarm for the guitar lover in your life? Cathi Bond brings you the Acoustic Alarm, a clock that awakens you to a strumming guitar (via Ohgizmo. Take a look at it here.

Cathi also discusses a new Segway-esque police vehicle, the T3, augmented with the ability to use non-lethal weapons such as rubber projectiles or dye bullets (via Gizmag). Smart approach to riots and crowd control, or gateway to overuse? What do you think?

The Sniffer May 31, 2011: Sleep Special

In this podcast, Cathi Bond and Nora Young look at trends in one of their favourite topics: sleep! Have trouble waking up in the morning? Cathi brings you “The Skull” alarm clock, featuring an alarm that clocks in at 113db and a bed shaker! (via Gizmag). Nora, on the other hand, has trouble sleeping. She thinks Nyx Devices’ nightshirt with smart fabric sensors to monitor your breathing, could help diagnose sleep trouble (via Technology Review)

Please! Share your tips for getting a good night’s sleep (and waking up)